Ex­plore gen­eral avi­a­tion, NCAT rec­tor ad­vises young pilots

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The Rec­tor, Nige­rian Col­lege of Avi­a­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Capt. Ab­dul­salami Mo­hammed, has ad­vised young pilots to go into gen­eral avi­a­tion to help re­duce the rate of un­em­ploy­ment in the coun­try.

Mo­hammed told jour­nal­ists dur­ing an in­ter­view that he was con­cerned about high rate of un­em­ploy­ment of grad­u­ates and not only pilots.

he said, “The is­sue is not about type-rat­ing, but the ex­pe­ri­ence. Even when some of them come back from Amer­ica, they still don’t get jobs be­cause they have not gath­ered the nec­es­sary hours. Dif­fer­ent air­lines have dif­fer­ent re­quire­ments. Most of the air­lines re­quire a cer­tain min­i­mum of hours for in­sur­ance pur­poses be­fore you can fly their air­craft.

“So, these pilots be­fore they are em­ploy­able need to build up these hours. This is where the gen­eral avi­a­tion comes in be­cause they don’t have these re­quire­ments. So, we en­cour­age the young pilots to go into gen­eral avi­a­tion. That is the prac­tice world­wide. If they are able to build more hours, it will make them mar­ketable and em­ploy­able.”

The rec­tor stated that the in­dus­try had evolved and that in the last 10 years, there had been great im­prove­ment.

“That is why you no­tice we have fewer ac­ci­dents. The coun­try was sub­jected to a lot of au­dits by the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion and the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion. That has re­sulted in safer op­er­a­tions across board and peo­ple are learn­ing now to do things the right way,” he added.

he how­ever said the in­dus­try still had a long way to go and called for co­op­er­a­tion among the air­line operators.

“There is still room for im­prove­ment and I be­lieve that there is a need for this coun­try to have a na­tional car­rier. If we have a na­tional car­rier, it will ad­dress some of these chal­lenges that we are fac­ing now. The coun­try will have an air­line that will be able to com­pete favourably with for­eign air­lines that come here with state-of-the-art air­craft,” Mo­hammed said.

he noted that for an air­line to suc­ceed, it must be able to com­pete favourably with its com­peti­tors.

•L-R: Chair­man, De­vel­op­men­tal As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­new­able En­er­gies, Mr Ya­haya Ahmed; Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Keen and Care Ini­tia­tive Nige­ria, Ms Josephine Alabi; Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, En­vi­ron­men­tal Rights Ac­tion, Dr Uyi Ojo; and Di­rec­tor, Na­tional Power Train­ing Institute of Nige­ria, Mr Eguaoje Fes­tus, dur­ing a press brief­ing on re­duc­tion of tax on re­new­able en­ergy prod­ucts in Nige­ria in Abuja ...on Mon­day. Photo: Olatunji Obasa

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